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Mario Lemieux Rookie Card (Best Value, Investment Potential)

lemieux rcIf you were a hockey fan during the 1980s, you were lucky enough to witness some of the best hockey players ever to play the game.

Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and of course the great Mario Lemieux, three players that often are discussed among the ten best hockey players of all time

In terms of hockey cards, the Mario Lemieux rookie card is right up there with the most valuable hockey cards in the hobby

Of course, Lemieux’s rookie card was released in the midst of the Junk era; thus, between his two major rookie cards (1985 Topps and O-Pee-Cee), there’s plenty of supply to go around for everyone.

In this piece, I’ll look at the two key rookie cards for Lemieux, examining the scarcity, current values, and long-term investment potential.

Top 20 Christy Mathewson Baseball Cards (Best Picks, Values)


Christopher “Christy” Mathewson was one of the premier pitchers during the ‘deadball” era, posting stats that to this day are among the tops in baseball’s record books.

Throughout his career, “Matty” was considered not only one of the best pitchers in the game but someone that epitomized what a star baseball player should be.

Christy Mathewson’s baseball cards, even over 100 years after his retirement, remain red hot. 

Here, I take a look at the top baseball cards of Christy Mathewson, providing collectors with more information on the cards, along with overall investment potential and scarcity. 


1969 Topps Lew Alcindor Rookie Card: A Closer Look


There aren’t many players that had the same sort of impact on the game of basketball as one Lew Alcindor.

Alcindor’s dominance on the court was evident early on, as he won three NCAA championships with the UCLA Bruins and then six NBA championships with the Bucks and LA Lakers. 

Not only was Alcindor a great basketball player, but a prominent cultural figure for the African American community.

Alcindor boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics due to the unequal treatment of black players. He also changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabaar in 1971 as a testament of his faith and to stand up for black Americans. 

The Lew Alcindor rookie card has taken on a renewed identity of its own in recent years, skyrocketing to among the hobby’s most valuable basketball cards, even despite a somewhat abundant supply.

As follows, we’ll examine the 1969 Topps Alcindor rookie card in detail, taking a closer look at overall value, scarcity, along with our take on future investment potential. 


Top 20 Nap Lajoie Baseball Cards (Best Picks and Values)

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Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie isn’t always thought of in the same light as some of the more recognized names in baseball history – with players such as Ruth, Mantle, Mays, Cobb, and Wagner grabbing all the attention.

However, when it comes down to great ballplayers, Lajoie most certainly fits the bill, and I think that vintage baseball card collectors sometimes overlook Lajoie’s baseball cards. 

Lajoie was one of the best second basemen ever to play the game, even garnering more HOF votes in 1937 than fellow ballplayers Cy Young and Tris Speaker. 

Here, I take a look at the top baseball cards of Nap Lajoie, providing collectors with more information on the cards, along with overall investment potential and scarcity. 


1955 Topps Sandy Koufax Rookie Card: A Closer Look


When we talk about dominant pitchers of the 1960s, Sandy Koufax’s name immediately comes to mind
His career ended early due to injury problems, but from 1961 to 1966, Koufax was lights out. 
Some baseball fans wonder what might have been if he hadn’t retired at the age of 30.
Despite his short career, card collectors continue to drool over his early Topps baseball cards.
And the 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax Rookie Card, to this day, remains one of the hottest vintage cards in the hobby. 
As follows, we’ll examine the Koufax rookie card in detail, taking a closer look at value, scarcity, and future investment potential.  Read More...

1974 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

ryan-topps-74The 1974 Topps Baseball card set certainly has that early seventy’s vibe. 

The set’s white borders are accentuated with colorful flags on each card’s top and bottom.

However, from a design perspective, the set is one of my least favorite designs of all the 1970’s Topps baseball card sets.

The set is chock full of the stars of the era, including Nolan Ryan, Johnny Bench, and Hank Aaron. 

The set features Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield’s rookie card; however, the remaining rookie card class is weak.

Subsets throughout the set include a dedication to Hank Aaron (cards 1-6), team card issues, manager card, statistical leaders, all-star cards, and the ever-popular four-panel rookie cards. 

PSA has a card by card gallery, which is an excellent resource for viewing the 1974 set in its entirety. 

Here we explore the most valuable cards in the 1974 Topps Baseball card set. 


1976 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

The 1976 Topps Baseball card set is a significant change from the prior year’s colorful, trippy-looking cards.

The set has clear white borders with a two-tone color scheme, matching the colors of the player’s uniform.

Not exactly one of my favorite designs among the Topps sets, but I’ve seen a lot worse. 

The set contains all the stars of the day, guys like George Brett, Pete Rose, Robin Yount, Thurman Munson, and even the last card of Hank Aaron. 

However, the rookie class here leaves a lot to be desired, headed up by HOF reliever Dennis Eckersley.

Subsets in the issue include Record Breakers (#1 to #6), All-Time All-Stars (#341 to #350), and the classic four-player Rookie Prospects (#588 to #599).

Here we explore the most valuable cards in the 1976 Topps Baseball set. 


1965 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

65-topps-yazThe 1965 Topps Baseball card set is one of the classic baseball card sets from the latter half of the decade. 

Its clean design with white borders and baseball pennant also make it one of the better-designed sets from Topps in the 1960s. 

The 1965 set is chock full of star player cards including Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays, while also including several key rookie cards of Joe Morgan, Catfish Hunter, Tony Perez, and Steve Carlton. 

In this piece we take a closer look at the most valuable cards in the 1965 Topps Baseball card set, examining values, population reports, and overall investment potential.


Barry Sanders Rookie Card (Best 4 Investments, Value, Checklist)

barry-score-rcBarry Sanders was one of the best running backs to ever play the game. Most rankings put Sanders in the top three overall, usually surrounded by other great runnings backs such as Jim Brown or Walter Payton. 

Unfortunately, Barry Sanders rookie cards were released during the peak of the junk era of sports cards, when massive overproduction was the norm.  

Thus, for investment purposes, his rookie cards are only suitable if seeking the highest graded copies possible.

Even then, the significant supplies make it hard to envision a future when his rookie cards increase massively in value.

Still, I wanted to provide some more thoughts on his available rookie cards, providing more information on card values, scarcity, and overall investment potential. 


Bo Jackson Rookie Card (Best 6 Investments, Value, Checklist)

bo-jackson-rookieWhen it comes to the best two sports athletes in the history of sports, only a handful typically come to mind. 

Throughout my life, I witnessed a few: Deion Sanders, Danny Ainge, even Brian Jordan. However, there is one player that rises to the top of them all: Bo Jackson.

It might seem like a no-brainer to invest in Bo Jackson’s rookie cards, but his cards were issued from 1986 to 1987, the peak of the Junk Era, and produced in the tens of millions.

Still, I wanted to review Bo’s rookie cards to see if there might be one or two that could be attractive investments for the long run.

Let’s dig in.